Global Energy Sector Leaders Reflect on Past 20 Years of the Africa Energy Forum

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LONDON, United KingdomDuring the Africa Energy Forum (AEF)’s lifetime the sector has witnessed the emergence of initiatives such as South Africa’s REIPPP Programme, GET FiT Uganda and the IFC’s Scaling Solar programme, with many IPPs coming online and a growing emergency power sector.

From 2 sponsors and 200 delegates the Forum now attracts 130 sponsors and 2,000 delegates, becoming a catalyst for partnerships and project investment. Just before AEF arrives in Mauritius to celebrate its 20th anniversary we hear from some of the sector’s longest supporters.

Over the years, AEF has emerged as an important conference remarkably well attuned to the needs of its stakeholders

According to David Keith, Senior Vice Presisent, Tetra Tech, the first Africa Energy Forum was held in 2000 in Edinburgh. Tetra had just partnered with the government of Uganda for a major electricity reform effort. There work helped establish the Electricity Regulatory Authority, and opened the door for private sector participation in Uganda’s distribution sector. In 2002, at AEF in Lyon, Tetra held a formal bidders conference for what would ultimately become Umeme.

According to Lucy Chege, Head of Energy, Environment and Information Communications Technologies (ICT) at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) states that “Over the years, AEF has emerged as an important conference remarkably well attuned to the needs of its stakeholders. It provides an excellent platform for networking and discussions with the key stakeholders from the continent.”

Standard Bank’s established association with the AEF has provided an enormously effective platform to share the bank’s experience and insight into the exciting evolution of Africa’s energy landscape. The AEF has also provided a brilliant window into the global technology and financing landscapes that frame, inform and support Africa’s own energy evolution.” said Rentia van Tonder, Head, Power for Standard Bank Group

Alexander Sarac, Partner and Head of Africa Energy and Infrastructure at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP: “The AEF provides a great platform for industry stakeholders and Governments to meet on an annual basis. One of the best organized conferences with an Africa focus and the organizers impress with their ability to innovate and introduce new features that go beyond a “normal conference”. We are proud sponsors of the AEF.”